"The International House is important for UC Leuven - Limburg in how it assists in two strategic priorities: reinforcing our international scope and enhancing UCLL's value for the region.
We can create a win-win situation together with Leuven MindGate's partners. That is the reason why we gladly offer our beautiful Comenius building."
Toon Martens, Delegated member of the Board of UC Leuven-Limburg after officially leasing Campus Comenius to AGSL.
Thanks to the university, Leuven has always been a magnet for international talent. Big companies, numerous spin-offs and start-ups also create job opportunities and welfare. This is why it's important for our region to continuously attract and keep talent. To cater the needs of international talent, an International House will be opened.
An International House as a one-stop shop is one of the steps of a ten point program set up by the Leuven MindGate People taskforce. This taskforce questioned 1.264 international knowledge workers of 24 organisations from our region. The goal was to investigate what makes Leuven MindGate an attractive place to live, work and where there's room for improvement. The results, findings and the ten point program were bundled in 'Towards An Outstanding Working And Living Environment For International Workers', a whitepaper published in October 2016. Download it here for free.
The International House will address the issues shown by the survey: assist the registration process and administration, help in the hunt for a house, start a buddy program, ... a one-stop shop for all information required. On top of that, this location will stimulate interaction between international workers and the local community.
At the end of 2017, the building will start serving as Leuven MindGate HQ and various events for international knowledge workers will be organised.
The building will undergo several constructions in order to be fully operational in 2020.